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Apple is expected to announce the new Mac Pro with Apple Silicon sometime in 2022. It would run the M1 Ultra and possibly use modular components for the ultimate pro desktop Mac.

● Expected in 2022
● M1 Ultra
● Possible external GPU support
● Smaller tower design for Apple Silicon model


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The Mac transition to custom Apple Silicon is nearly complete. All that remains is Apple's most powerful desktop — the Mac Pro. A new Mac Pro with an M-series processor is expected to launch sometime in 2022 to meet Apple's two-year deadline for the transition.

Apple updated the Mac Pro in 2019 with a whole new design, new processor options, up to 1.5TB RAM, up to 8TB SSD storage, the T2 Security Chip, and more. A customer could spend anywhere from $5,999 to almost $62,000 for the computer alone. The Pro Display XDR, advertised to go with the Mac Pro, starts at $4999 for standard glass and an extra $999 for the stand.

The current Mac Pro was in development for six years before being released to the public in December 2019. Rumors suggest that a new Mac Pro and a series of Apple displays may be released in 2022.

Two sizes

Rumors from both Mark Gurman and Jon Prosser suggested that one concept Apple is considering is similar to what Apple released in 2019, but dramatically smaller. The design was said to embrace an upscaled G4 Cube-like concept with a compute unit on the bottom and a heat sink on top. However, it appears this rumored machine is the Mac Studio.

That means the larger machine will inevitably be the new Mac Pro, but it isn't clear what form it may take. It will run the M1 Ultra, possibly two in tandem, and have some kind of modular use case for high-end users.

Mac Studio vs Mac Pro - Specifications

 Mac Studio (M1 Max)Mac Studio (M1 Ultra)Baseline Mac ProTop Mac Pro
Processors10-core M1 Max20-core M1 Ultra8-core 3.5GHz Intel Xeon W28-core 2.5GHz Intel Xeon W
Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz

Memory32GB Unified Memory,
up to 64GB
64GB Unified Memory,
up to 128GB
32GB DDR4 ECC 2666MHzUp to 1.5TB of DDR4 EEC
GraphicsM1 Max 24-coreM1 Max 48-coreAMD Radeon Pro W5500XAMD Radeon Pro W6900X
Media encoding/decodingMedia EngineMedia Engine-Apple Afterburner
Storage options512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB
Ports4 Thunderbolt 4 ports
2 USB-C ports
2 USB-A ports
10Gb Ethernet
SDXC (UHS-II)
6 Thunderbolt 4 ports
2 USB-A ports
10Gb Ethernet
SDXC (UHS-II)
Two USB 3 ports
Up to 12 Thunderbolt 3 ports
Dual 10Gb Ethernet
8 PCI Express card slots
Two USB 3 ports
Up to 12 Thunderbolt 3 ports
Dual 10Gb Ethernet
8 PCI Express card slots
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 6802.11ac802.11ac
2 10Gb Ethernet Ports
Bluetooth5.05.05.05.0
PriceStarts at $1,999$7,999$5,999$45,799

M-Series Processor, Cores, dedicated GPU

Apple Silicon processors have started to take over the Mac lineup. Apple currently has ten devices using the M1 processor series: The Mac mini, M1 MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, 11-inch iPad Pro12.9-inch iPad Pro, and iPad Air 5 use the M1. The 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro use the M1 Pro and M1 Max. The Mac Studio uses the M1 Max and M1 Ultra.

The next Mac Pro may feature a new M-series chip The next Mac Pro may feature a new M-series chip

The M1 Ultra has a 20 core CPU, which was in line with rumors, but a more powerful M-series processor may still be coming. The new M-series processor is said to have up to 40-CPU cores and 128-GPU cores. Apple said the M1 Ultra was the final chip in the M1 lineup, so this 40-core chip may be part of the M2 series.

The current Mac Pro has an Intel Xeon W processor starting at eight cores. Options are available with up to 28 CPU cores. The M1 Ultra is capable of outperforming the 28-core Xeon according to Apple's benchmarks.

A Mac Pro user can put several different GPUs into the current computer. Apple offers five different PCI-E models to start off with — AMD Radeon Pro 580X, AMD Radeon Pro W5500X, AMD Radeon Pro W5700X, AMD Radeon Pro Vega II, and AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo. However, other AMD cards are supported, and cards with the newer "Big Navi" architecture have been released by AMD. PCI-E video cards from AMD up to and including the AMD 6900XT series can be installed by the user.

The existing M-series processors do not support external GPUs. According to Mac4Ever and corroborated by AppleInsider's trials, external GPUs may be possible in the future as they can be detected but are currently unusable.

Price and release

There haven't been any leaks or rumors regarding the price of the next Mac Pro. Apple is expected to release the new Mac Pro sometime in 2022 in order to complete the Apple Silicon transition within the promised two years.

 

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